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The 10 Best Microwaves - May 2017

Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every microwave on the market in the UK to determine our top 10 list.
In total we compared over 1,160 microwaves, 4,540 reviews and 12,300 prices. Last updated 26 May 2017.

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MC32J7055
#1 in Microwaves

Samsung MC32J7055

72 Reviews
  • Only released a month ago
  • Low-priced
  • Fairly priced
1,400W
White
Countertop
Microwave Power
Colour of Products
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  • £195.00
    Simply Electricals
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  • More shops: 7
  • £195.00 Sonic Direct
  • £209.99 Hughes
R982STM
#2 in Microwaves

Sharp R982STM

6 Reviews
  • Owner reviews are excellent
  • Very big interior capacity
  • Has a grill
900W
Stainless Steel
Free­standing
Microwave Power
Colour of Products
Case Design
  • £159.00
    eBay
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  • More shops: 7
  • £169.00 ao
  • £179.00 Sonic Direct
R959SLM
#3 in Microwaves

Sharp R959SLM

5 Reviews
  • Popular choice
  • Good brand
  • Fairly big interior capacity
900W
Silver
Free­standing
Microwave Power
Colour of Products
Case Design
  • £184.90
    eBay
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  • More shops: 18
  • £193.98 Appliances Direct
  • £194.00 ao
NN-CF778SBPQ
#5 in Microwaves

Panasonic NN‑CF778SBPQ

305 Reviews
  • Panasonic microwaves have good reviews
  • Fairly priced
  • Quite small grill power
1,000W
Stainless Steel
Free­standing
Microwave Power
Colour of Products
Case Design
  • £239.96
    PC World Business
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  • More shops: 15
  • £249.00 Amazon UK
  • £279.00 Crampton and Moore
BIMW60
#6 in Microwaves

Belling BIMW60

5 Reviews
  • Excellent owner reviews
  • Has a grill
900W
Stainless Steel
Built-in
Microwave Power
Colour of Products
Case Design
  • £120.00
    eBay
    Save £69.99 (37%)
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  • More shops: 4
  • £189.99 Argos
NNST479SB
#7 in Microwaves

Panasonic NNST479SB

121 Reviews
  • Good user reviews
  • Fairly priced
  • Six power levels
900W
Stainless Steel
Free­standing
Microwave Power
Colour of Products
Case Design
  • £118.99
    Amazon UK
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  • More shops: 13
  • £128.99 Argos
  • £129.00 Electrical Discount
NN-CT562MBPQ
#8 in Microwaves

Panasonic NN‑CT562MBPQ

125 Reviews
  • Good owner reviews
  • Fairly priced
  • Moderately priced
1,140W
Silver
Countertop
Microwave Power
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  • £109.00
    Electronic Empire
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  • More shops: 2
  • £169.99 Amazon UK
RHFM2363
#9 in Microwaves

Russell Hobbs RHFM2363

14 Reviews
  • Owner reviews are excellent
800W
Black
Free­standing
Microwave Power
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  • £106.98
    Appliances Direct
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  • More shops: 11
  • £109.00 Currys
  • £109.99 Argos
RHM3003
#10 in Microwaves

Russell Hobbs RHM3003

76 Reviews
  • User reviews are good
  • Has a grill
  • Fairly big interior capacity
900W
White
Free­standing
Microwave Power
Colour of Products
Case Design
  • £119.98
    Amazon UK
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  • More shops: 8
  • £129.99 Currys
  • £145.00 Co-op Electrical
RHM3003B
#11 in Microwaves

Russell Hobbs RHM3003B

191 Reviews
  • Owner reviews are good
  • Has a grill
  • Fairly big interior capacity
900W
Black
Free­standing
Microwave Power
Colour of Products
Case Design
  • £110.00
    eBay
    View Details
  • More shops: 9
  • £123.98 Amazon UK
  • £129.00 Appliances Direct

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Microwave Brands

Find out how microwave brands compare. The average rating for each brand is based on the rating of all of their microwaves. Click on a link to compare all microwaves made by your favourite brand.

Logo Brand Number of Microwaves Price Range Average Rating
Samsung logo Samsung Microwaves 33 £65 - £499 82%
Russell Hobbs logo Russell Hobbs Microwaves 31 £53 - £130 86%
Bosch logo Bosch Microwaves 27 £99 - £1,410
Panasonic logo Panasonic Microwaves 23 £54 - £398 87%
Sharp logo Sharp Microwaves 21 £41 - £671 86%
Other brands Other Microwave Brands 177 £35 - £1,200

Microwave Buying Guide

Capacity

A microwave is a necessity of any modern kitchen. It is a versatile tool that can be used for far more than just reheating leftovers - it can be used for all manner of cooking, from poaching salmon to baking potatoes.

Microwaves come in all different shores and sizes, and are primarily differentiated by their capacity. The bigger the capacity of your microwave, the larger the food you can cook in it. Some microwaves just fit single plates or bowls, while other models are large enough to fit an entire chicken or soup pot in.

Power Levels/Cooking Programs

Microwaves are all given a power level, rated in Watts. The higher the power level, the faster your food will be cooked. Most modern microwaves come with a range of power levels, allowing you great flexibility when preparing your food. They also come with specific setting for warming, reheating or defrosting food - extremely useful in speeding up cooking times, or reheating food previously cooked. Defrosting is an especially useful setting, meaning that joints of meat and frozen food can be brought up to room temperature in a matter of minutes.

Many microwaves now have a selection of automatic cooking functions as well. These allow you to input a type of food to cook (potatoes, chicken, soups, etc) and a weight, and the microwave will automatically calculate the power level and time needed to cook it perfectly. Conveniences like this can make preparing dinner hassle-free, and remove the guesswork and constant checking to see if your food is ready.

This automatic cooking function can also extend to defrosting and reheating leftovers, making the microwave an invaluable tool for easy food heating and prep. Some advanced models of microwave also offer a 'power defrost' setting, which can defrost frozen meat far quickly than usual defrost programs. However because this defrost cycle is far more powerful, care has to be given to make sure that you don't accidentally part cook the food while it's being defrosted.

Oven & Grill Functions

Some microwaves have the ability to function as ovens and grills in addition to standard microwave cooking. Microwaves that have an added grill function combine the normal microwave cooking with a heated element either on the top or the sides of the machine - this allows it to function similar to a standard grill. Microwave ovens, on the other hand, can cook and roast food exactly like a convection oven. Whichever model you pick, these types of microwaves greatly increase the types of food you can cook, and turn your microwave into the central cooking tool in your kitchen - you can roast fish and beef, roast vegetables and grill cheese toasties!

Steam Functions

More advanced models of microwave may also have a steamer function. As the name suggests, a steamer addition to the microwave uses boiling water to generate bursts of hot steam inside the microwave. This is a great method of delicately cooking vegetables so they retain the maximum amount of nutrients, and can also be used for cooking fish, dumplings, or Chinese-style pancakes for roast duck. While normally only found in the most high-level and expensive microwaves, it allows the appliance to become even more versatile as a cooking tool, and therefore may well be worth the extra expense.

Extra Features

Finally, some microwaves comes with a collection of extra features, to make cooking easier or more convenient. These can include recipe books detailing how to cook different types of food, baking trays designed to fit comfortably into the machine, or racks to allow multiple dishes to be cooked at once. Some microwave ovens even include a rotisserie spit, allowing you to cook spit-roasted chicken or pork.

Microwave Retailers, Prices and Features

Microwave Prices

We currently list 435 microwaves ranging from £0 to £1,410. The average price of a new microwave is £162 and 80% of microwaves are priced between £0 and £400. The Bosch CNG6764S6 is the most expensive microwave that we found at £1,410, and the LG MH6884AAR is the cheapest at only £0.

Microwave Brands - Price Range

De Dietrich microwaves range in price from £840 to £1,200, and the highest average microwave price out of all brands is De Dietrich microwaves with an average price of £1,020.

Fisher & Paykel microwaves start at £849 and the most expensive Fisher & Paykel microwave costs £849. The average price of Fisher & Paykel microwaves is £849 which is the second highest average price of all microwave brands.

The average price of Rangemaster microwaves is £575 which is the third highest average price of all microwave brands. Rangemaster microwaves range in price from £575 to £575.

Microwave Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 1 expert reviews and 4,125 user reviews for microwaves from across the internet and used these reviews to evaluate the average rating for each brand of microwave. The top rated microwave brand is Belling with an average rating of 91%. The second best brand is Samsung with 87% and the third best brand is LG with 85%.

Biggest Microwave Retailers

The biggest microwave retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 232 current microwave offers from eBay. The second biggest microwave retailer is Currys with 211 offers. That means eBay is slightly bigger than Currys when it comes to microwaves. Amazon UK is the third biggest retailer with 135 current offers.

When Are Most New Microwaves Released?

The most common period for new microwaves to be released in is between May and July. That means that most of the latest microwave technology was released in within the last 3 months, and now is good time to buy. 49 new microwaves were released in May 2016 making it the biggest month that year for new microwave releases. In 2015 most new microwaves were released in July, with 129 new microwaves released that month. In February 2014 269 new microwaves were released making it the biggest month that year for new microwave releases.

How Fast Do Microwave Prices Drop After Release?

On average, in the first 6 months after release, microwaves drop in price by 14%. That means that on a typical microwave costing £158 you could save on average £22 by waiting 6 months before buying.

Microwave Powers

The power of the microwave oven to cook food. The higher the power, the quicker the food is cooked. Commonly measured in watts (W).

Across the range of microwaves, the microwave powers range from 500W to 2,800W. The microwave powers of the majority of microwaves range from 700W to 810W. The HotpointMP 676 IX H, which is on sale for £372.97, has the biggest microwave power and is a 2,800W microwave power microwave. The HotpointMP 676 IX H has the smallest microwave power. This microwave is a 500W microwave power microwave and is available at £0.00.

Biggest Microwave Retailers

We found 232 current offers for microwaves from eBay making it the biggest microwave retailer. That is slightly bigger than the second biggest retailer, Currys for whom we found 211 current offers for microwaves. The third biggest retailer is Amazon UK with 135 current microwave offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Microwaves?

The cheapest retailer by number of microwave for which they offer the cheapest price is v with the cheapest price on 116 microwaves.

Proportion of Microwaves for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

eBay most frequently has the cheapest microwave prices (found to be cheapest for 50% of its microwaves).

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